Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 23:
The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly would begin from August 18.
As per the notification issued by the Assembly Secretariat today after the approval by the Governor, the monsoon session will have eleven working days and conclude on August 29.
The unsavoury happenings during the Nabakalebara are likely to dominate proceedings for much of the 11-day session.
Starting from the controversies surrounding the month and half long Banajaga Yatra to the massive fiasco that the all-important Brahma Parivartan ritual was turned into and finally the stampede like situation during the Gundicha Yatra of the Lords that left two women dead and several others injured, the Opposition will have plenty to put the government on the mat.
The controversy over the climbing of the Nandighosh chariot by a woman devotee leading to the suspension of a servitor and show cause notice to the Badagrahi of Lord Jagannath and the latter’s open defiance of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief would provide fresh ammunition to the Opposition.
Some of the other issues that may cause discomfiture for the government are the Belabahali stand-off, the truckers’ strike over fixation of tariff for mineral transport and the rising crime graph in the Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
However, the Congress, the principal Opposition party, will be hobbled by the fissures wihtin the party that came into the open during the failed Delhi mission by 12 MLAs allegedly aimed at the removal of the party chief whip in the Assembly Taraparasad Bahinipati.